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    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — New travel restrictions will go into effect on Monday as a new coronavirus variant is circulating. The Omicron variant was first discovered in South Africa, but now it’s believed to have reached Europe and Hong Kong. The new restrictions apply to travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. It does not apply to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. READ MORE: UPDATE: 2 Men Shot Outside South Bay High School Football Playoff GameNo cases have yet been reported in California, but health officials are calling this new variant a concern for the world. It’s another reason to appreciate the relatively high vaccination rate here in the Bay Area. “Number one, it doesn’t look like it evades vaccines,” says UCSF infectious disease expert Dr. Monica Gandhi. “That’s really important. Number two, it’s likely more transmissible. But they’re still figuring that out.” While there is still much not known about Omicron, it is yet another variant with multiple mutations and it does appear to be more contagious. So it is, in some ways,...
    Dr. Marc Siegel said Thursday the fresh Covid-19 variant out of Johannesburg, South Africa, appeared to be the “highly contagious” variant behind 2,500 new cases in the region. “I’ve said before … I’m not always as concerned about these variants of concern, but these — this one, B.1.1.529, does concern me,” Siegel said in an interview with Fox News’ Mike Emanuel. “It’s got 32 mutations in the spike protein, which is how the virus spreads. And in the province around Johannesburg, there’s about 2,500 new cases over the past day, and they think — not proven yet — that this is the predominant variant.” The new variant B.1.1.529 appears to replace Delta, as South Africa enters the 4th wave. The variant is concerning because it seems to be highly transmissable and can evade immunity, both.???? The new variant will be reviewed, classified and named by the World Health Organization. pic.twitter.com/qYCM03E54p — Mosa Moshabela (@MoshabelaMosa) November 25, 2021 Only 10 cases of the strain, alternatively called “Nu,” had been discovered as of Wednesday — in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong...
    An employee at a busy Starbucks location in New Jersey may have inadvertently exposed thousands of customers to hepatitis A, prompting hundreds of people to show up at a vaccination drive this weekend.  An unnamed staffer at the Starbucks located at 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road in Gloucester Township had tested positive for the highly contagious liver infection after working at least six days in November serving customers. The Camden County Department of Heath learned of the worker's diagnosis on Wednesday, and notified the public that anyone who purchased food or drinks from the Gloucester Township location between November 4 and November, 6 or between November 11 and 13 may have been exposed to hepatitis A.  Health officials organized a pop-up hepatitis A vaccination clinic on Friday and Saturday, and hundreds of people turned up to get their shots.    An employee who worked at a Starbucks location (above) in Gloucester Township, New Jersey, has tested positive for hepatitis A and may have been exposed between November 4 and November 6 or between November 11 and 13 Health officials visited the store and...
    DOCTORS have warned that kids are at risk of contracting a highly contagious virus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of kids across the globe are thought to have missed out on their measles vaccination due to lockdowns and restrictions put in place by government to protect people from Covid-19. 1Experts have warned that we can't replace the spread of one deadly disease with anotherCredit: Getty - Contributor The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that it is the largest number of missed vaccinations in decades. Around 22 millions kids worldwide are thought to have missed their vaccines in 2020. Since 2016 there has been a rise in measles cases in the UK and the NHS says that this is because a fall in uptake of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. Anyone can get measles if they have not been vaccinated or have not had it before, although it's most common in young children. Because of the medical injection available, cases are relatively uncommon. But instances can spike rapidly if an outbreak occurs. While the infectious condition often...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has authorized a vaccine after a highly-contagious and deadly rabbit disease was detected in Ramsey County. On Friday, the MNBAH said state-licensed veterinarians can order and administer the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2) vaccine, manufactured by Medgene Labs. Vaccine doses could be shipped to the state as early as next week. In a previous announcement, MNBAH said two rabbits died suddenly in Ramsey County earlier in September. Samples from their bodies sent to the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed they had RHDV2. Experts say that rabbits infected with the virus may appear lethargic or reluctant to move, and they typically die between a day and a week after contracting the disease. “After consulting with our Board President and Medgene Labs, I made the decision to allow licensed veterinarians to begin procuring doses as soon as next week,” State Veterinarian Dr. Beth Thompson said. “I’m confident in this decision based on the recent USDA Center for Veterinary Biologics emergency use authorization for the experimental vaccine.” (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A deadly and highly-contagious rabbit disease was detected this month for the first time in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says that two rabbits died suddenly in Ramsey County earlier this month. Samples from their bodies sent to the USDAâs National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed they had Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2). READ MORE: 350 Mental Health Workers At M Health Fairview Vote To UnionizeAccording to officials, RHDV2 is a highly-contagious virus affecting both domestic and wild rabbits. The pathogen poses no threat to humans, nor are other species known to be susceptible. Dr. Greg Suskovic, who helms the state Board of Animal Healthâs Foreign Animal Disease Investigation unit, said the cause of this RHDV2 case is under investigation. “Rabbit owners should contact their veterinarian if their pet dies unexpectedly or exhibits any of the signs consistent with RHDV2,” he said. “Veterinarians should report suspected cases to the Board.” READ MORE: Northern Minn. Superintendent Charged With DWI On School GroundsExperts say that rabbits infected with the virus may appear lethargic or reluctant to move,...
    A BRAIN-swelling virus spread by bats has killed a boy, 12, amid fears from scientists that the highly contagious bug could one day trigger a pandemic dubbed "The Big One". Health officials are frantically investigating the case and trying to trace contacts of the child after he was fatally infected in Kerala, India. 2Doctors and relatives wearing protective gear carry the body of a victim during a Nipah virus outbreak in 2018 (STOCK)Credit: Reuters Police have cordoned off an area of a two mile radius around the boy’s house - and a high alert has been declared in Malappuram and Kannur. Indian authorities have however insisted there is no need for panic as they continue to investigate the case. Kerala health minister Veena George said the infection was confirmed by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) on Saturday. He was admitted to the hospital with a heavy fever last week before his condition then worsened over the weekend and he died. Nipah is considered to be one of the world's most dangeorus viruses as it is 75 times...
    A new variant of COVID-19 might be more transmissible, and it may evade some protection from vaccines, according to a new study. Business Standard reported that researchers in South Africa said the variant was discovered in May.  Since then, the variant, C.1.2, has been reported in China, New Zealand, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and several other countries, the news outlet reported. The researchers reportedly found that the new variant has a mutation rate about twice as fast as that of other COVID-19 variants, and it could evade the antibodies people have developed for the Alpha and Beta variants.  The study was posted on Tuesday, Aug. 24, and it has not been peer-reviewed yet. Learn more about the study here.
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Tuesday will provide an update on his administration's Covid-19 vaccination efforts as the highly contagious Delta variant rips across the country, a White House official tells CNN. Biden will speak about recent actions by the private sector to require vaccinations, the uptick in vaccinations in recent days "and the tremendous grassroots work Americans are doing every day to get their communities vaccines," the official said. The President will also provide an update on his administration's global vaccination efforts and will announce the US has shipped more than 110 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to more than 60 countries, according to the White House. The White House notes this is more vaccine donations than all other countries combined. Biden will note that the work to vaccinated the rest of the world "has just begun," according to the official. Starting at the end of this month, the Biden administration will begin shipping 500 million Pfizer doses that the US has pledged to purchase and donate to 100 low-income countries. The Delta variant, which can cause more severe illness than...
    Abuja, Nigeria (CNN)Coronavirus deaths in Africa rose rapidly over the past month, as fatalities surged by 80 percent within the last four weeks, the World Health Organization has said. WHO's Vaccine Introduction Officer for the African Region, Phionah Atuhebwe, told CNN on Monday that the continent was witnessing an unprecedented rise in coronavirus fatalities. "COVID-19 death rates have increased across Africa, with the highest weekly rate (6,343) to date reported during the week starting 19 July 2021," said Atuhebwe."Deaths increased by 89%, from 13,242 to 24,987, in the last 28 days, when compared against statistics for the previous 28 days," she added.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference Friday that the pandemic's worsening death toll and rapid infection rate are "being driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant," which is considered to be more deadly than the original strain of coronavirus.Read MoreGhebreyesus said the Delta variant — so far "detected in at least 132 countries" — has also spiked Covid-19 infections globally by 80 percent within the past four weeks. "Almost 4 million cases were reported to WHO...
    OAKLAND (KPIX) — With new information from the Centers for Disease Control suggesting the Delta variant of the coronavirus may be as contagious as chickenpox, it’s forcing some parents to reassess whether or not to send their kids to school for in-person instruction this Fall. Oakland Unified School District is opening on August 9 for the new school year. The district said only a few hundred students out of the roughly 36,000 students have requested distance learning. But the Delta variant could increase the number of students who opt to do online learning. READ MORE: COVID: Outbreak at 3 Contra Costa Jails Sickens Nearly 100 Inmates and Staff Mario Zambrano has two sons in OUSD. His 13-year-old son, Ethan Zambrano, will be entering high school as a freshman. While he thinks Ethan should be safe, he worries about sending his younger son back to school. Kids under 12 cannot get vaccinated. “My six-year-old, he does have certain bronchitis, lung conditions. So I think about that and I say no, I don’t want to (send him to school.) It’s tough,” said...
    (CBSDFW.COM) – All Baylor Scott & White employees and various other staff will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 1, 2021, the hospital system announced Wednesday. The requirement comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge throughout the U.S., especially among those who are unvaccinated. The emergence of the highly contagious Delta variant has also contributed to the surge. The health care system released a statement on its decision to require the vaccine among its workers: With rapidly rising COVID-19 case counts due to the highly contagious Delta variant and the start of the flu season fast approaching, we believe now is the right time to take the next step in achieving a fully vaccinated workforce. By Oct. 1, 2021, all Baylor Scott & White Health employees, providers, volunteers, vendors, students and contract staff must receive both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, unless granted an exemption. The Delta variant is the most contagious and dangerous strain we have seen to date, leading to exponentially increasing rates of...
    The more contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 now makes up 83% of sequenced samples in the United States, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday."This is a dramatic increase, up from 50% for the week of July 3," Walensky said in a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing.Health experts have said the Delta variant is more transmissible than any other identified variant so far. "We should think about the Delta variant as the 2020 version of Covid-19 on steroids," Andy Slavitt, a former senior adviser to Joe Biden's Covid Response Team, told CNN last week."It's twice as infectious," Slavitt said. "Fortunately, unlike 2020, we actually have a tool that stops the Delta variant in its tracks: It's called vaccine."The most recent data from Israel evaluating effectiveness of the Pfizer/BionTech mRNA vaccine against the Delta variant found the vaccine to be 64% protective against infection, and that the vaccine is 93% effective in preventing severe disease and hospitalizations. Other studies indicate that the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are also effective...
    LAWRENCE (CBS) – Lawrence public health nurse Jaime Severino is on a mission to get people vaccinated and she’ll make house calls if necessary. On Thursday, it was a visit to 12-year-old William Mejia whose mother has limited access to vaccination sites. “She works by herself in a daycare and it’s hard to make it to any clinics,” said Severino. She sees her work as even more essential now with a slight uptick in COVID cases in Massachusetts. On June 25 the seven day average was 64 cases, and on July 14 the average jumped to 122 cases which is still extremely low compared to months ago. READ MORE: CVS Pulls 2 Aloe Vera Products Following Recall Of Sunscreens Containing Benzene Governor Baker attributes the rise to recent Fourth of July gatherings and the presence of the highly contagious delta variant. “Our spike is very small compared to spikes in other parts of the country. We do have a higher vaccination rate which will be very helpful,” said Baker. READ MORE: Marijuana Home Delivery Service Launches In...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s more concern over the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus. As cases surge, New York City’s former health commissioner, Dr. Tom Frieden, has a warning. READ MORE: COVID Vaccine In New York: Javits Center Mass Vaccination Site Shuts Down After Administering Over 600,000 Shots On Twitter, he said, “The higher infectivity of Delta means the threshold for herd immunity will be higher.” He says while a 70% vaccination rate may have been enough to reach herd immunity against the initial strain of COVID-19, it “likely isn’t high enough against Delta, as shown by case increases in places like the UK and Israel, which have high vaccination rates.” The higher infectivity of Delta means the threshold for herd immunity will be higher. 70% may have been enough before, but likely isn’t high enough against Delta, as shown by case increases in places like the UK and Israel, which have high vaccination rates. READ MORE: CDC Says Vaccinated Children, Teachers Wont Need Masks In Class — Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrTomFrieden) July 11, 2021 COVID VACCINE...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There are new concerns Thursday about the fast-spreading COVID-19 Delta Variant and a rise in COVID cases in Illinois and Indiana. Thursday brought 617 new cases in Illinois — the most since June 4. In Indiana there were 463 new cases, which is the highest number in three weeks. READ MORE: I Lose Everything: Franklin Park Pizzeria Owner, Police Want Help To Identify Arsonists And one dose of vaccine will give almost no protection against the highly contagious Delta Variant. A new study out Thursday in the Journal of Nature found that a single dose of Pfizer or Astrazeneca vaccine provides either weak or no protection at all against the variant. An infectious disease doctor at the University of Chicago said that is one reason there are huge surges in areas with low vaccination rates. READ MORE: Dozens Rally At Thompson Center To Halt Deportations “People have this false belief that it’s not the real deal until they see, you know, 20 and 40-year-olds getting lung transplants after having COVID. It doesn’t strike home,” said Dr. Kathleen Mullane....
    FULL vaccination is more effective than wearing a mask to combat the highly contagious Delta Covid, Dr Anthony Fauci warned on Thursday, as the US prepares for further outbreaks. Fauci and Centers for Disease Control Dr. Rochelle Walensky issued the warning after a 10 percent spike of positive cases hit the nation. 4Fauci has said the vaccine protects againt the Delta variantCredit: Getty 4He claimed that vaccined Americans do not need to follow th WHO guidelinesCredit: AFP Amid the spike, the two health experts spoke at a White House press briefing on Thursday and explained that the World Health Organization (WHO’s) new recommendations. WHO had announced that vaccinated people should start wearing masks earlier this week as a result of the high spread of the Delta variant. Fauci said that these guidelines are meant for areas with low vaccination rates, however, and that vaccinated residents are protected from the variant. Dr. Fauci said: “You have a broad recommendation for the country as a whole that, if you are vaccinated, you have a high degree of protection, so you...
    The highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is continuing to circulate in California, further highlighting the importance of getting vaccinated as the state and nation gear up to celebrate the Fourth of July, officials say. President Biden previously set a goal of a dual-purpose holiday — “Let’s celebrate our independence as a nation, and our independence from this virus,” he said in early May — but the fireworks shows and backyard barbecues will instead be held amid the looming threat of Delta, which is perhaps twice as transmissible as the conventional coronavirus strains. The good news, officials say, is that the available COVID-19 vaccines appear to offer strong protection against all circulating variants, including Delta. The bad news is that less than half of all Americans, and only about 50% of Californians, are fully vaccinated at this point. “Any suffering or death from COVID-19 is tragic. With vaccines available across the country, the suffering and loss we are now seeing is nearly entirely avoidable,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...
    Delta is now the variant of the coronavirus identified third most often in California, according to new data — underscoring that the variant is highly contagious, a danger to people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. The Delta variant now makes up 14.5% of California coronavirus cases analyzed so far in June, up from 4.7% in May, when it was the fourth-most-identified variant in California, according to data released by the California Department of Public Health. Experts say the Delta variant poses a greater chance of infection for unvaccinated people if they are exposed to this version of the virus. The variant, first identified in India, may be twice as transmissible as the conventional coronavirus strains. The Delta variant has been responsible for the rise in cases recently in India, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. But vaccinated people are well protected against infection and illness from the Delta variant. One recent study found that the full course of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (two doses) was 88% effective against symptomatic disease caused by the Delta variant and 96% protective against...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There are fears of another COVID-19 wave as the more contagious Delta variant exploded in the United States, doubling in just the past two weeks. It’s a special danger to people who aren’t vaccinated, and that impacts large segments of certain populations in the Philadelphia region. Children who can’t be vaccinated are most at risk, along with young African Americans who have very low rates of vaccination. They’re prime targets for this more contagious variant that is spreading quickly. READ MORE: Pedestrian Struck Near Ben Franklin Bridge In Camden, New Jersey The lab at Penn Medicine is doing genome sequencing that tracks different strains of COVID-19. The Delta variant, first identified in India, now accounts for more than 20% of all new U.S. COVID cases. That’s up from just over 2% last month. “The combo of a virus that spreads more rapidly and can make you more ill is what we have to worry about,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said. The biggest concern is for people who aren’t fully vaccinated, which is about 55% of the country. That...
    Whether it's airports, NBA games, or concerts, crowds are gathering across the nation as Americans start a return to pre-pandemic life. But with just 45% of Americans fully vaccinated and only 16 states that have fully vaccinated more than half of their populations, health experts are worried about the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. It is 60% more contagious than the Alpha variant discovered in the U.K., which was the last variant of major concern, according to infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm. "In the areas where they have large pockets of unvaccinated people, we can surely expect to see surges in cases, in some situations challenging the health care capacity of that local area," Osterholm told "CBS This Morning" lead national correspondent David Begnaud. A hospital dealing with an overfill of patients is Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. Mercy Hospital President Craig McCoy said the hospital is "holding patients in the ER, waiting on admissions, waiting on discharges on any given day." In Springfield, only 32% of the surrounding county is vaccinated, and COVID-19 hospitalizations are up...
    The Indian variant of Covid-19 could be the dominant strain of the virus in the United States in just one week, according to disturbing new data.  The highly-transmissible strain - known as B.1.617.2 or 'Delta' - now makes up about 10 percent of US cases, up from just one percent less than a month ago, Outbreak.info claims.   'When will B.1.617.2 (Delta) be the dominant variant in the US? Could be next week (or next 2 weeks) based on trends in our testing data & sequences available,' researcher Alexandre Bolze wrote on Twitter Thursday.  'It's about 40 percent more infectious than the original Covid-19, may make you more sick, and there's some data out of England, people are about two-and-a-half times as likely to end up in the hospital if they have it,' Dr. John Goldman from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center told FOX 43.  The strain, which was first detected in India, has wreaked havoc in the United Kingdom, where it now makes up 91 percent of all new cases.   It has caused Covid cases in that country to surge...
    More On: Coronavirus ‘Coming back strong’: NYC at lowest positivity rate since COVID began Chinese media rips US for probe into COVID lab leak theory Here’s why KN95 masks are safe, effective for kids, according to experts NYC office landlords’ back-to-work fear The highly-contagious COVID-19 variant that first emerged in India is spreading at a rapid rate in the US — and now makes up 7 percent of new cases, data shows. The dramatic rise of the B.1.617.2 variant comes after it accounted for only 1 percent of new cases stateside at the start of May, according to a report from Outbreak.info. The data revealed that the variant, which experts suspect is 60 percent more transmissible, reached its high of 7 percent of samples sequenced on May 26. The World Health Organization last week classified the variant as being one of global concern and requiring heightened tracking and analysis. “There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on COVID-19, told reporters. The COVID-19 variant that first emerged in India is 60 percent...
    Vietnam health officials have identified a new, highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus, according to a report. The new variant is a mix of the strains of COVID-19 found in the United Kingdom and India, the Vietnamese Health Ministry told VnExpress, an international newspaper.  The new variant is very contagious and can replicate itself quickly, the Hill reported Saturday. It has caused a recent wave of new infections in the country. Filed under Coronavirus ,  vietnam ,  5/29/21
    A new mutation of the highly contagious Brazilian COVID-19 variant has emerged in Florida, health officials said. The newest variant, dubbed P2 or P.1.1, has a slightly different sequence than Brazil’s P1 strain, which has been found to be more likely to reinfect people who already had the virus, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. People bury a body at the Vila Formosa cemetery during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP via Getty Images The variant has been detected in a 74-year-old man in Broward County and a 51-year-old woman in Duval County, according to the state Department of Health. Scientists are monitoring the variant to determine how easily it spreads and whether it behaves similarly to the P1 strain. The variant was discovered in Broward County, Florida.Alamy Stock Photo “We have just two cases in Florida that have the extra mutation, and what that means remains to be seen,” Marco Salemi of the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute told the newspaper. “If in a month from now we go from two cases to 500, that will...
    The new “stickier” COVID-19 variant that derived in the United Kingdom could be at the root of the recent rash of younger Americans getting infected with the virus. Unlike the original COVID-19 strain that came to the East Coast from Wuhan, the new, more transmittable B.1.1.7 variant has proven to be a formidable foe for younger Americans, who have seen the number of infections rapidly rising in recent weeks. “(COVID-19) cases and emergency room visits are up,” Rochelle Walensky, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week. “We are seeing these increases in younger adults, most of whom have not yet been vaccinated.” According to researchers, the UK variant has mutated to allow itself to bind more to cells, making it “stickier,” CNN medical analyst Jonathan Reiner said. “There is a little difference in the way the (B.1.1.7) spike protein holds that makes it stick to your cells a little more easily,” officials noted. The “sticker” variant means that even a short encounter with someone who contracts the virus and could lead...
    More On: Coronavirus ‘We failed the test’ of COVID-19, says human rights champion Woman, 82, dies hours after receiving COVID-19 vaccine: officials Osaka moves Olympic torch run, declares COVID-19 emergency JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon predicts post-COVID economic boom The highly contagious UK coronavirus variant is now more prevalent in the US than the original strain that devastated the country last spring, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. “It is the most common lineage — period,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House press conference. “We need to remain vigilant.” The B117 variant — which is believed to be up 70 percent more contagious than the original — has now been found in all 50 US states and accounts for more than half of all cases in the country, she said. Last week, New York City said 70 percent of new COVID-19 cases in the Big Apple are from variants — though the majority were the homegrown B.1.526 variant. About a quarter of people tested during the week of March 15-21 had the UK...
    The first case of the highly contagious COVID-19 Brazilian variant has been confirmed in a New York State resident.  The case of the strain, officially known as the P.1 variant, was identified by scientists at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City and verified by the Department of Health's Wadsworth Center Laboratories.  The patient is a Brooklyn resident over age 90 with no recent travel history. DOH is working with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to learn more information about the patient and potential contacts. "This is a race between the vaccine and the variants, and we continue to make tremendous progress of getting shots in the arms of eligible New Yorkers," New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said. "In the meantime, we remind New Yorkers to do everything they can to protect themselves and their neighbors as we continue to manage this pandemic." The P.1 variant was first detected in the United States at the end of January, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently reporting 48 cases...
    At least 90 cases of the highly contagious 'super-COVID' variant from the UK have been identified at a prison in Michigan. Staff and prisoners have been undergoing daily coronavirus testing at Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia after a staff member tested positive for the variant, known as B 1.1.7., last week. Of the 90 new cases, 88 are inmates and two are employees, according to a press release issued on Tuesday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Officials say there are still 100 lab results pending at MDHHS's Bureau of Laboratories, meaning the variant could be even more widespread. Access the country, there are at least 1,364 cases of B 1.1.7 confirmed in 40 states. At least 90 cases of the highly contagious new coronavirus variant from the UK - 88 in prisoners and two in staff members - have been identified at Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia, Michigan (pictured), with 100 more lab results still pending Across the country, there are at least 1,364 cases of B 1.1.7. confirmed in 40 states (above) The UK...
    Ionia, Michigan — Michigan officials said Tuesday at least 90 cases of the highly contagious COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom have been confirmed in a prison here. The Department of Health and Human Services officials said only five of the 95 tests administered didn't yield positive results. What's more, results from 100 more tests from the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility were still pending as of late Tuesday night. All but two of the 90 people who tested positive were inmates. The other two were staff members, the officials said. Testing was started at the prison after an employee was found to have the variant. But the officials pointed out that the number of positive COVIDA results began to decline once daily testing began. Additional precautions against COVID were put in place in the facility as soon as the variant was found there, the officials added. The daily testing was one of the new steps.
    Seven new coronavirus variants have popped up in the US since last summer, according to a new study — and scientists worry they may be more contagious. The new variants — each named after a bird —were detailed in a 25-page medical study published online Sunday, which has yet to be peer-reviewed. The variants are alike in that each mutates the coronavirus’ 677th amino acid, found on the "spike" that the virus uses to attach itself to healthy cells — raising fears that the changes could make them more infectious. "This stretch of Spike is important because of its proximity to a region key for virulence," Vaughn Cooper, one of the study’s senior authors and director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Evolutionary Biology and Medicine, told CNN. DESPITE PANDEMIC LOCKDOWNS, SOME EXPERIENCE 'POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH' The mutations have been found by scientists across the country conducting genetic sequencing on positive COVID-19 tests. They are: "Robin 1," which "is found in over 30 US states, but predominates in the Midwest," according to the study. It was first detected in August. "Robin...
    SCIENTISTS in the United States have discovered seven homegrown Covid-19 variants as Dr Anthony Fauci pleaded with Americans not to "let your guard down." It emerged on Sunday that these worrying strains appear to have a similar genetic mutation to the highly-contagious UK and South African types but it isn't known yet just how transmissible they are. 1 A medRxiv preprint study confirmed these variants were detected in several states but concentrated in Louisiana and New Mexico - and scientists suspect their mutations may be more contagious. During an interview with Axios on HBO published on Monday, Joe Biden's chief medical adviser Fauci admitted that despite the effectiveness of the Covid vaccines, these disturbing variants of the virus could pose a problem. He said: "Things are going in the right direction [but] we're also going to be challenged by the appearance of variants or mutants that have appeared, some of which have a functional influence on how we're gonna respond to them News of seven new variants comes as: Americans could get $1,400 checks in less than a...
    Riverside County health officials confirmed the region’s first case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in Britain. The U.K. strain, known as B.1.1.7, is so transmissible that health officials worry that its spread could leave to another surge in Southern California. The strain has also been detected in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, Alameda, San Mateo and Yolo counties. County health officials learned of the case over the weekend, according to City News Service. “It was inevitable we would see this strain in Riverside County, and in our large population we will probably see others,” said county Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser. “But it doesn’t change the need for people to take precautions with facial coverings, social distancing and good hygiene. It works for other things and it works for this, too.” Since the strain was first reported in the U.S. at the end of last year in a man with no recent travel history outside the country, there have been 981 cases across 37 states, including 157 cases in California, as of Thursday,...
    The highly contagious coronavirus variant first discovered in Britain is mutating in a way that could hamper protections offered by COVID-19 vaccines. Sharon Peacock, who heads COVID-19 Genomics UK, said that coronavirus mutations could potentially undermine vaccinations, even though they have been effective so far, Reuters reported. “What’s concerning about this is that the 1.1.7 variant that we have had circulating for some weeks and months is beginning to mutate again and get new mutations which could affect the way that we handle the virus in terms of immunity and effectiveness of vaccines,” Peacock first told the BBC. “It’s concerning that the 1.1.7, which is more transmissible, which has swept the country, is now mutating to have this new mutation that could threaten vaccination.” The mutation was designated as a “Variant of Concern,” by the UK’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group. The UK coronavirus variant that has “swept the country” is “going to sweep the world in all probability” Sharon Peacock, director of the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium, said on Wednesday. https://t.co/CaPMwQFABq — CNN (@CNN) February 11,...
    Hong Kong will kill some 3,000 pigs after health officials discovered the African swine fever at a local farm, a report said Tuesday. The highly contagious bug was first discovered at a facility in Yuen Long last week, Bloomberg reported. The region’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department shut down the farm’s transporting of pigs and said 3,000 of them will be killed. The department added that the owners will be compensated. Hong Kong receives its pigs from mainland China, which saw its pig farms ravaged by the African swine flu in 2018 and 2019. The fever is highly contagious and deadly to the animals, but is not a threat to humans, according to the USDA. The contagion is a threat to both wild and domesticated pigs and is most common in Africa, but has spread to Asia in recent years. An outbreak has never been reported in the US, according to the USDA’s website.
    More On: Coronavirus Take the GOP deal, Mr. Prez: Goodwin Top NY Democrat wants state legislature to reconsider Cuomo’s COVID-19 powers New Mexico book club helps get town vaccinated for COVID-19 Biden dithers on vaccination while COVID’s new strains rage An Alabama father of two who contracted the UK COVID-19 variant has lost his battle with the highly contagious virus, his wife says. Alfonzia Jackson Jr. started to get sick around Christmas time and his symptoms got worse when he began struggling to breathe two weeks ago, wife Ashley Jackson told The Birmingham News. Jackson was admitted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham on Jan. 22 and his wife later learned he tested positive for the UK variant that’s been spreading quickly throughout the US. On Tuesday, she posted on Facebook that her beloved husband passed away. “Lord this day has been hard,” she wrote. “I wouldn’t wish this on anyone as I said goodbye to my amazing husband. I was reminded of the day I said I do and we promised to spend the rest...
    The highly transmissible variant of COVID-19 first identified in South Africa has now made its way to the United States. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced late Thursday morning, Jan. 28 the detection of two cases associated with the variant that first emerged recently in South Africa, the first such cases in the US.  Neither patient has traveled recently, meaning the variant is likely already spreading in the community following an undetected introduction. "At this time, there’s no evidence to suggest that the B.1.351 (South African) variant causes more severe illness," the South Carolina Health Department said in a statement. Viruses are constantly changing, leading to the emergence of variants, including one identified earlier in the United Kingdom that has been identified now in 26 states.  The South Africa variant has been identified in more than 30 countries. Variants are closely monitored for their ability to spread faster or cause more disease.  “We know that viruses mutate to live and live to mutate,” Dr. Brannon Traxler, South Carolina's Interim Public Health Director. “That’s why it’s critical...
    Concern over emerging variants of the COVID-19 virus has experts asking how well the vaccines protect against them.As essential workers and people over age 65 being to get vaccinated this week, infectious disease doctors said rolling out the vaccine quickly is essential to prevent more COVID-19 variants from developing. There have already been many that surfaced in the United States including Illinois."Fortunately, it doesn't mutate as rapidly as influenza does but because there are so many people who infected or at risk for infection, we are allowing the virus to develop these variants," said Dr. Richard Novak, UIC infectious disease director.Dr. Novak said some of the variants are more contagious and are not protect by natural immunity."Once somebody had the infection, they make their own antibodies. Those antibodies don't seem to protect against reinfection with new these variants, both South African and Brazilian variants," Dr. Novak said.RELATED: UK COVID-19 variant found in Chicago, scientists sayWhile there is also concern current vaccines may not be as effective against the new variants, doctors said they are effective enough to protect people."These vaccines...
    A COVID-19 model that predicts nearly 569,000 people will die by May 1 doesn't include the new highly contagious variants that are more likely to infect people during 'every day activities'. Infections, hospitalizations and deaths have declined in recent days. But on Sunday, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington shared a new forecast predicting a third wave of the coronavirus later this year if people don't get the vaccine.  And while the model does show a significant decrease in cases and deaths beginning in March and April, it doesn't account for the new variants of the coronavirus that have been found in the US.  A COVID-19 model (pictured) predicts that nearly 569,000 people will die by May 1 despite the decrease in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths And while the model (pictured) does show a significant decrease in cases and deaths beginning in March and April, it doesn't account for the new variants of the coronavirus that have been found in the US IHME director Dr Christopher Murray told CNN:...
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